Category Archives: books

Lemon-Berry Flan, Lime Tea Cake, and Homemade Chorizo

Dear Reader: Boy, are we enjoying summer!  My red, black, yellow, and purple raspberries have been producing like crazy…so much so, that I’ve begged friends and their kids to come over and pick and have had others over for berries, cake, and ice cream in the garden.  We’ve had lots of dog parties with friends, …

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Tea, Cotton, Lemon Coconut Cake, and Flying Dogs

Dear Reader: It has been hot up here – but pretty much seasonably so, mid-80s and such.  How’s the weather where you are? 553) Village Affairs by Miss Read (hard copy, library)  I’ve blogged about Miss Read’s Thrush Green books, but she also wrote the Fairacre series about a school teacher named Miss Read (which …

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Wow! Murder, Technology, and Ray Bradbury’s Prescience

Dear Reader: Lovely, breezy summer’s day up here in the Keweenaw.  What’s it like in your neck of the woods?  Hope you are looking forward to a relaxing weekend full of books. The Murderer (1953) by Ray Bradbury I’ve been working my way through the short stories in 520) Twice 22 by Ray Bradbury, 1959 …

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Summer in a Bottle: Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine


Dear Reader: For those of us up here in the northern hemisphere, summer has just begun, although many of us having been having unusually summery days since March.  This is a great time to talk about Dandelion Wine. “I don’t want to die!” Douglas screamed without a sound. “You’ll have to anyway, said the voice, …

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Bookmarks Magazine: For Everybody Who Hasn’t Read Everything

Dear Reader: Hope you are all enjoying the season – summer, for those of us in the northern hemisphere, winter, for you southerners.  Hey, if the winter rains get to be too much, come on up for a visit! We’re in a drought up here in the upper Midwestern USA. Bookmarks Magazine I’ve been meaning …

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Parrots and Catholicism: Irish Short Story Writers Bowen and O’Brien

Dear Reader: Longer ago than I care to think, I promised Mel U at The Reading Life that I would join in the Irish Quarter: A Celebration of Irish Short Story event focused on bringing bloggers and readers together to discuss Irish literature.  Today, I finally got down to it, reading an Elizabeth Bowen short …

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Milk Bottles and Mango Trees

Dear Reader: 507) Affairs at Thrush Green by Miss Read, 1983 (hard copy, library) Miss Read, the pseudonym for Dorra Jessie Saint (nee Shafe), died at at nearly 99 (!) this year in April.  Her New York Times obituary is here. She was the author of scores of books about English post-World War II village …

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Something Lovely This Way Comes: RIP Ray Bradbury and Jane Austen

Dear Reader: You may have heard that Ray Bradbury died this week at 91 years old.  The New York Times gave him a great sendoff with the honor of a very informative, complimentary obituary. Ray Bradbury Bradbury was one of my favorite writers in my youth.  I first found his stories at the Gilbertsville Free …

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BDSM and Money, Monkeys and Doves, Feminism in the Islands, and Dying Too Young

Dear Reader: Another trip to Mexico and another catch-up post… 510) Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James (kindle) #45 Hmmmm. Should I lead with this? OK. The book a lot of people are talking about. Including this VERY hilarious Saturday Night Live “Mothers Day ad.” (Warning: NSFW …

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Nazis, Adultery, Curries, Curates, and Regency

Dear Reader: A couple mysteries, two biographies, and a novel. 127) Until thy Wrath is Past by Asa Larsson (kindle) #15 Bettan and Simon are young people in love with adventure and each other.  And then they mysteriously die on a dive to see a crashed airplane in a remote lake.  We are led through …

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